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Glossary of Title I Related Terms

A

Audit — A formal examination of an organization’s financial accounts/situation.  An audit may also include examination of program compliance with applicable terms, laws, and regulations.

B

Budget — Estimated cost of conducting the proposed project or how the funds are organized within the MPS financial system.

C

Comparability — Comparability is one indication that a local school district is using Title I funds to supplement and not supplant other funding sources. Meeting comparability means that the district provides services in the Title I schools that are at least comparable to that which the district provides in the non-Title schools. If all of the schools in a grade span are Title I schools, meeting comparability means that the district provides services in the higher poverty Title I schools that are at least comparable to that which the district provides in the lower poverty Title I schools. A district is comparable if it implements a district-wide salary schedule and has procedures that ensure equivalence among schools in the allocation of staff, curriculum materials and instructional supplies. A comparability study compares the distribution of state and local resources among the schools that include those grade spans providing Title I services.

F

Fiscal Year (FY) — The budget year for an agency or organization. The federal government’s fiscal year is October 1 and September 30.  The state government and MPS’ fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.
Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS) — The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The NCLP provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day, which is commonly referred to as the FARMS program.  Participation in the FARMS program helps determine eligibility for Title I services.

G

Grant Manager — A designated individual who is officially responsible for the business and programmatic management aspects of the Title grants, cooperative agreement, or contact.  In the MPS, the grant manager role is split between Melissa Beattie (budget and some compliance), Jennifer Bloch (Title II and non-public aspect of Title I – programmatic and compliance), Marcos Vargas (Title II – programmatic and compliance), and Kendra Johnson (Title I – programmatic and compliance).

L

LEA — Local Educational Agency

M

MOU — Memorandum of Understanding – spells out the duties and responsibilities of each partner in a project

N

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) — Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  NCLB is the legislation that provides all funding for Title I programs though which Montclair receives its federal funding.  In 2010, President Obama began referring to NCLB in its original name of ESEA.

S

Supplanting — Federal grants funds must always be used to supplement and not supplant services provided through the general fund.  Supplanting is presumed to occur in the following instances:
  •  MPS uses federal funds to provide services that it is required to make available under other federal, state, or local law.
  • MPS uses federal funds to provide services that are provided with nonfederal funds in the immediate prior years.
MPS uses federal funds to provide services for eligible children that it provides with nonfederal funds for other children.

T

Title I — Section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 that addresses the need to provide a high quality program for students deemed economically disadvantaged.

 

Updated: 4/11/2017